Investment dressing has been a viable concept for many years. A goal for many, but a notion that it a bit out of step with today’s instant gratification culture. Indeed, the culture now seems to want the new , shiniest trend at all costs.
Lets break this down a bit. The common perception is that investment dressing is prohibitively expensive. However, in reality the reverse is often true. Once, I bought an Hermes Kelly in a reptile skin. It seems like, and was, an expensive buy at the time. However, you should know that while I bought the bag at $1400 USD, I was able to sell it 4 years later for $3200.
Picturing this purchase in this way, one can see that this was in fact a true investment. Was the bag expensive ? Yes, but NO! Better than free, I was paid to wear it!
In that vein, I am featuring a red Hermés dress that I bought second-hand at Michael’s Consignment 8 years ago. Valentine’s Day was in full bloom, so I wore it to a Galentine’s day celebration at the Four Seasons near me. Below, this shot is grainy, as it came from a camera phone not as advanced as my own. However, I think you get the vibe.
Snake themed jewelry is trending now, but I have older pieces in this look. I will confess that this piece is new, but my taste over time stays the same. So readers, I shall wear it for many years to come.
Statement necklaces and I have a long and enduring relationship. LOL!
Authentic Hermés is always the finest quality. Perhaps I could sell the slip for more than I paid for the dress?
Yes, I do believe so. Instead, my daughter shall get this dress and will wear it beautifully! Truly this is investment dressing in action!
Oh course I know you are wondering about the necklace! I am a high-low buyer and stylist.
I found this stunner at T.J.Maxx, in walking distance from my home! ( NO plastic bags or boxes needed)
My friend and I were hoping to enjoy lunch at The Garden. However, graced with a sunny day, we ambled a bit on the way. What can I say, the sun was shining! When we arrived, the Garden has closed so we ate a light lunch at the luxurious bar. Ty Bar is luxurious but homey.
The fireplace was welcoming and warm.
Before we left for lunch, my doorman took a quick snap of me and my friend.
Having given my friend some silly glasses to wear ( last seen here) this happened!
I will stay youthful and happy as long as I can still be silly!
After lunch I wanted to check out one of my favorite luxury brands for handbags.
How convenient that it was right there in the hotel! While pricey, these are handmade and good investments.
Below I am checking out a color blocked reptile piece from VBH.
I love the way this color blocked bag pops against my Valentine’s day red outfit!
Information about this lux brand is below. How does it compare to Hermés? Here, the answer is multifaceted. The label is not a household name and that is good because this brand is not copied !
The appeal of the brand is for discerning buyers who prefer a rare handbag, but want to fly somewhat under the radar.
However, a well heeled customer is most likely aware of this brand. Of course, the prices are notably less than a comparable model from Hermés.
Investment dressing will always include a well crafted, high quality handbag.
The luxurious VBH line of handbags are produced exclusively in Italy using the finest materials and craftsmanship. These contemporary designs are individually handcrafted, and no detail is overlooked in their creation. In fact, each bag has a limited-edition number engraved on a plaque inside.
You might wonder if this is a sponsored post. It is not. VBH is just one of those covetable brands I see every now and again and never cease to admire.
Later that day, I came home and read the paper. Soon after, hubby and I went out to dinner to celebrate Valentines day. It was romantic ! Even after 37- gulp- Valentine’s days together, Hubby never fails to be thoughtful.
I did change from the red ensemble to a LBD that I will post soon!
So dear readers:
Did you celebrate Galantine’s day or Valentine’s day, or like me, perhaps both ?
Do you also endorse investment dressing, or are you more about shopping in the moment ?
LMK, YOU KNOW HOW !
XOXO, Elle ——